Other Black Tetra Names:
Black Tetra, Skirt Tetra, Black Skirt Tetra, Black Widow Tetra
Black Tetra Scientific Name:
Black Tetra Temperament:
Species Type: Characins (Tetras)
Black Tetra Adult Size: 2.5 inches (cm)
Black Tetra Life Expectancy: 5 years
Black Tetra Habitat: South American rivers
Black Tetra Minimum Tank Size:
Schooling; Peaceful, although somewhat nippy when kept in smaller schools. Excellent for community tanks.
Black Tetra Diet & Nutrition:
Carnivorous but does well with flake food.
Black Tetra Description:
This fish is somewhat oval-shape. Young are more attractive than adults. The main body color is dark gray to black while the fins are black. Older fishes’ colors fade and their fins and body color become smoky gray. Two black bands extend vertically; one just behind the gill cover and the other in its midsection.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other community fish
Black Tetra Breeding & Spawning:
This fish is easiest to breed in a breeding tank with marbles as a substrate or a mesh netting for the eggs to fall out of reach of the cannibalistic parents. Use warm water (84-86°F) to initiate spawning. After courting procedure of the male swimming around females with fins spread, many tiny transparent eggs that fall to the bottom. Parents must be removed or eggs will be eaten. The eggs hatch in 24-28 hours and the fry are free-swimming after 3 to 5 days after. Start feeding with small live and crushed flake foods.
Determining Black Tetra Sex:
The female Black Widow's anal fin is narrower and runs parallel with its second vertical line.
Middle area of tank
Black Tetra Diseases:
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